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Monkey Bar

4.5
942 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Romantic
Established in 1936, Monkey Bar was returned to its former glory in 2009 by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.

The dining room's lush red leather banquettes and dim, attractive lighting have restored the fizzy thrill of dining in a restaurant - both attractive and cozy - and harken back to a bygone era when a gentleman never left the house without a tie and a lady always had a pair of white gloves in her purse.

Monkey Bar's menu boasts American classics alongside seasonal dishes using sustainable and organic products whenever possible.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30AM -3:00PM
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30PM-11:00PM
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Phone number
(212) 288-1010
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Park and Madison
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Parking details
There is a public parking lot on each side of Monkey Bar.
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Public transit
4,5,6,N,Q,R at 60th or E,M at 5th Ave and 53rd St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 942 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Very expensive for product received,and very noisy

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We were so disappointed in our dinner at Monkey Bar. It was my daughter's 21st birthday . . . the service was slow, and horribly inaccurate. I ordered a wedge salad and salmon - I didn't receive the salad (until corrected) and received cod instead of salmon. Drinks were not only slow coming, I had to ask every time for another. Her steak was extremely average, my salmon was miniscule and also average. The wedge salad was good, and our cocktails were good. Dessert was also so-so. The ambience, however, was just as we hoped. Very old school, loved the red leather booths, murals, zebra carpet, etc. So, food was disappointing, service was abysmal, ambience was good. There you have it.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Noise level is very bad. Restaurant is very expensive for its quality.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

As usual, everything works here... attentive, but non-hovering staff, careful and efficient service, beautiful room, excellent unpretentious food ... its always a pleasure to be in this space away from the din of Manhattan.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

What marvellous decor - so much promise. So disappointing though-Possibly the most uninteresting menu in NYC. I ordered a burger because there was little else that inspired on a freezing day. It arrived well done instead of medium- and I kid you not- no lettuce, no tomato, no pickles. Just this dry cardboard pattie on a bun - for $28-00! Really? Wont take guests there again.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Always classic and timeless.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My compliments to the Chef ! The food was amazing. Loved the beet salad, and tuna tartare, and the salmon dish was en pointe. The pasta was amazing and the Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food is overpriced, my entree was lukewarm. But ambiance is unparalleled! Strange you have to go into hotel to use the bathroom!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great restaurant! The food was excellent and the ambience wonderful!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Waiter was wonderful, drinks were perfectly crafted... food was good but not very special. Burger was high quality but taste was just good; pork chop was only 1” thick and came out over cooked... the second one (replacement) was much better, but took 15-20 minutes while my companion ate. To be honest I expected a thicker chop which is much easier to cook to desired temperature. Bill was $150+ tip for 2, with 2 cocktails.
Love the ambiance but I was surprised that they didn’t offer to buy me a drink or take one off the bill for the extra time & hassle of waiting to fix their mistake on the pork chop. I’m not a picky person but it’s not an inexpensive establishment... and a medium temp on meat should be cooking 101 😏

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food and scene was great. Eddie our waiter was terrific

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very good overall.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very enjoyable

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Good food. Great desserts. Went a little fast. But overall a 4/5.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My favorite spot in NYC...food, ambience and service all first rate

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

180 for 2 without wine. GREAT FOOD. Nice atmosphere. After being shown to seats and a drinks order taken we were then forgotton (and without drinks) for over 10 mins... from them on service improved. Might return.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Excellent salmon carpaccio and steak salad. The decor is so cute!

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Embarrasing food

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

David Tanis is s great new addition.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and it was a wonderful evening. The service was excellent and they actually brought out a lovely dessert with a candle. No singing and very low key which is exactly what we had hoped for. My wife has the halibut and I have the duck breast. Both were excellent. Plus the lemon drop cocktail my wife ordered was the best she ever had according to her. I can’t think of a negative thing about the meal. It was perf3zct.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Monkey Bar had been recommended by a friend & we weren't disappointed. Our waiter Justin was friendly and attentive and the food was excellent. My husband's tuna entree was "the best" he ever had and he is fussy about his tuna! My duck entree was perfect. Altho the noise upon entering thru the bar area at end of day on a Friday was deafening, once seated beyond for dinner we were able to converse and enjoy our meal. And to top it off, Tony Bennett sat not too far away!
Thank you for a delicious dinner and an enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food was amazing! Cosmo was the best ever and the service was incredible! Will def go back!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent place. Fantactic atmosphere. Great food and drink.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I went to dinner for Valentine’s Day. The food was delicious, loved the beautiful space, we could actually have a conversation without having to shout, and we were not rushed through our dinner. Very relaxing. Also, we liked that they were offering their regular menu, and we weren’t tied into a prix fixe menu.
Will definitely go there again.

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We (a party of three) went there for a business lunch and we had a very disappointing experience.
The food was really not great (the salmon carpaccio was dry, the halibut was way undercooked, my client only ate half of the risotto although he was really hungry).
Also, the service was poor and uncoordinated. They first brought plates which weren’t clean (two out of three!) and we had to ask to change them (I would have expected them to spontaneously do it, but no). After the starters, I had to ask twice for silverware and only after a polite complaint did we receive some attention.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I always go there to celebrate my birthday
First stop is to say hello to the monkeys
Then to the great food and ambience

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great drinks, great food, great service. The room is fun and full of great decorations. The people watching is interesting. Looking forward to coming back

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and service....classic nyc atmosphere....very little of this quality in the neighborhood

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Family meet up in nyc. Special night at one of our favorite nyc spots!

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I love the restaurant, we did the Restaurant Week and the menu was outstanding. Our server was exceptional! The only comment is that the busboys were to quick to clear the table before we were quite done with each course. I would recommend a little bit of a slow down!

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Went for restaurant week lunch with co-workers. Very good all around experience.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Pleasant dining in nice environment with superior service.

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1.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Came here for lunch during restaurant week. It's my 5-6 times dining @ Monkey Bar in the last 12 months and had never been disappointed until this time. I ordered Mahi Mahi and it came out pretty raw (you can see the bright red blood in the thicker part of the fillet). Unfortunately I didn't notice that until I had already finished 1/2 of the dish and I stopped eating. Alerted the server when he came pick up the finished plates that the fish was under-cooked, server simply replied "I will let the chef know", and that was pretty much it. No apologies, no compensation whatsoever. We came here to celebrate a colleague's birthday so didn't want to make a scene and I decided to let go. Despite the good experiences in the past, this single one instance of horrible custom service is enough to stop me and my colleagues from coming back to this restaurant again.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Our waiter was very pleasant fellow; courteous, always had a smile on his face and bestowed just exact amount of attention. I wish I could say the same about those who transported our food, but they pale next to the waiter.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Very disappointing. Went for the 52$ New York Strip Steak which I ordered medium and came out well done. The restaurant has this charming old NY vibe but as for the food, the meat and sides were just average for the price point. Not going back.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Certainly a place with character!!
Lovely and unique ambience with exceptional staff
Food very good.
The best Moscow mule!
I keep coming each and every time I visit NY.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Feels like an old New York club. It’s expensive, but the food is quite good (not great), ambience is perfect and the service excellent.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

We went for a birthday celebration and were warmly welcomed. Our cocktails were delicious (a 54th special and a spiced rum chai). Two of us had the restaurant week menu: tasty soup followed by mahi mahi with an olive sauce, arugula and fingerling potatoes which was excellent, with lemon tart for desert. The other person had the lobster bisque and turbot. All the food was very good. Service was friendly and attentive and we were given plenty of time to open gifts between courses. The ambiance was great - we loved the decor. Great place for a celebration.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Was really looking forward to a meal at Monkey Bar, but unfortunately it was very disappointing. After taking our order (there were 5 of us), waiter came back twice to ask 2 of us what we had ordered. Then mahi mahi came out completely raw inside and it took a really long time to get anyone's attention to send it back to be fixed. We had to flag down a guy to refill our water glasses at one point--even though he was walking around with pitcher of water. Rest of food was quite good, but the kind of service I would expect from this place was definitely lacking, overall absent really. Maybe they were having an off day, but seemed really disorganized and wasn't the relaxing, easy, classic lunch we were all hoping for.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

While I had high expectations all were exceeded especially in the food quality and service areas.

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